His six cousins were luckier as they only sustained minor injuries and were discharged after a few hours.
Dagupan was where "Oplan: Iwas Paputok" was launched this year because for the past two years, it recorded the highest firecracker-related injuries all over the Ilocos Region.
It logged 33 injuries in 2014-2015; and 27 in 2015-2016, based on reports of sentinel hospitals monitored by the DOH.
His parents, Maritess and Ranillo, even his teachers, however prodded him not to lose hope as they patiently guided him in using his left hand.
Now, he is comfortable with it and is happy to be still alive.
"It was probably imported," said Undersecretary Cabotaje, asking the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to look into the imported and dangerous brands of firecrackers that may still be coming into the country.